Buck Mountain Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kattskill Bay, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.0 miElevation gain1,988 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so care should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

Take Ridge Road (9L) to Pilot Knob Road (County Road 38). Drive on Pilot Knob Road for 3.4 miles and look for the trailhead on your right. Parking can get crowded - especially on the weekends.

Directions to trailhead: Take exit 20 off of I-87 and follow route 9 north to route 149 headed east. Follow 149 until you pass a golf course on your left (queensbury golf course). Take a left at the next road which is 9L. Follow 9L north towards the lake, taking a right hand turn onto Pilot Knob Road when the road splits. Follow this road for another 3 miles until you see a large DEC sign on the right side of the road marking the parking lot for the trailhead.

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Kyle Keller
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Buck Mountain is always a great hike. Cloudy today but views were great. Trail snowy and icy but no problem with spikes. My 9 and 10 year olds completed their Lake George 12ster today!

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James Martin
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carly briggs
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Kevin Sawyer
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Cole G
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Sarah User
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James Crisalli
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Bryce Mazur
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Really nice and relaxing hike, starts off very flat, has 3-4 mild stream crossings, after a couple miles the trail became snowy and frost covered. The ascent right before the final stretch is a little slick as it's an open rockface, but easily navigatable on the sides. Cold at the top, but very pretty view of the lake and hills in the distance.

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Cassi Orgill
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Definitely steep and rocky in some places but overall great hike with good views

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Jonathan Hough
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River levels were high due the recent rain. May make crossing them a little tougher.

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Laurie Mcbain
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Get out early, a ton of people coming in as we were coming down from a beautiful clear view of Lake George.

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Molly Farrell
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Good hike. Very steep; bring poles if you have them.

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Sam Cross
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A little muddy but other than that trail conditions are good for this time of year!

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Bjoern Hinrichsen
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Anna P
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Great trail, some steep parts but nothing too crazy. Parking lot fills up quick so get there early.

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Eva Von Dell
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Mo Aldrich
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Alex Berta
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Bert W
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Aubrey chow
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Slippery!

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Brian Herschenhorn
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Awesome view at the top - definitely a challenge for 8 year old

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Michael Clough
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Great views. Steep in some parts.

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Tyler Miles
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Jennifer Miles
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Hiked up over 2,000 feet. Mostly dry. Steep in some areas. Longer than expected round trip, closer to 7 miles but we vered off here and there to take in some of the views.

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Lane Hart
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Incredible weather this time of year. Parking was crowded but the trail was fine! Make sure you wear shoes with tread as the leaves can be slick.

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Jeana Caywood
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One of the best hikes in the Adirondacks. Challenging with a beautiful view up top.

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Andrew VanBuren
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